Fabian Barnes begins the Dance Institute of Washington as a summer intensive dance program for hearing-impaired youth at Gallaudet Model Secondary School for the Deaf.
DIW holds its program at six recreation centers throughout DC, giving special attention to Wards Seven and Eight.
DIW incorporates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and establishes its first holiday performance at the Kennedy Center.
Fabian retires from the Dance Theatre of Harlem to give his full attention to DIW's school of dance and outreach program.
DIW receives the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.
Fabian Barnes receives the Oprah's Angel Network Use Your Life Award.
DIW is recognized as one of the Daily Points of Light by the Points of Light Foundation.
Fabian Barnes receives the Linowes Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
CNN's "American Heroes" recognizes Fabian Barnes for his tireless work in bringing dance, arts education and performance opportunities to inner-city youth.
Fabian Barnes establishes Washington Reflections Dance Company.
Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semifinals: Dance Institute of Washington is recognized as Outstanding School and the DIW's Senior Youth Repertory Ensemble is recognized as 1st Place Ensemble.
The NBC Today Show credits DIW with "keeping Dr. King's dream alive" by dedicating a center to performing arts education, youth development, child development and community enrichment.
The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington honors Mr. Barnes as the 2004 recipient of the Founder's Award.
Leadership Greater Washington inducts Fabian Barnes as a member.